Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow


Andrew S. Brown

Andrew S. Brown (Ph.D. English, Yale University, 2019) has recently completed doctoral research titled “Artificial Persons: Fictions of Representation in Early Modern Drama”, which asks: how did the stage contribute to the idea that we can authorize people not just to speak and act on our behalf, but to stand in for us and take on aspects of our very personhood? Andrew’s approach sits at the intersection of two fields: the history of the book and the digital humanities. Examining plays alongside imaginative prose, legal texts, corporate documents, and theological treatises, he argues that Renaissance drama can reinvigorate our sense of what it means (and how it feels) to be represented and to represent others in turn. Andrew’s other research interests include gender and sexuality studies, law and literature, religious toleration, and the history of Shakespearean performance and editing. He has written on these topics for the journals Studies in Philology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Milton Studies, and Early Theatre; the edited collection Shakespeare and Consciousness; and the Marginalia Review of Books.  

What I'm working on

Water, Waste, and Rising Seas in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Andrew’s fellowship research project uses text mining and mapping tools in order to track how the inhabitants of the early modern Atlantic world developed a new conception of water as a crucial form of infrastructure: that is, as an urban resource that must be carefully managed, and which could also be fatally corrupted. It puts particular pressure on those sites and moments when environmental and climatic disruptions appear to threaten this infrastructure. He has begun this research with a preliminary case study based on a single London historical archive, and he anticipates that the project will also extend to a series of sites from the colonial Americas.